Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Dr. Shirley J. Mills

Second Advisor

Dr. Miguel de los Santos

Third Advisor

Dr. Francisco Guajardo


Texas districts approved Update 93 from the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) in spring 2012. The policy update called for use of culturally relevant materials in school districts’ implementation of their instructional program. The policy uses seventeen words to describe resources necessary to deliver, support, enrich, and assist in implementing the district’s educational program: materials that “represent many ethnic, religious, and cultural groups and their contributions to the national heritage and world community”. Using a qualitative case study approach in a Texas school district, this University of Texas-Pan American Educational Leadership Doctorate Degree research project investigated how and to what degree educational leadership shapes implementation of the TASB Update 93 culturally relevant curriculum policy. Via semi-structured interviews with personnel – superintendent, assistant superintendent for curriculum & instruction, principals, and teachers – the study uncovered how educational leaders’ personal stories and values drove this seventeen-word policy implementation.


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Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American